A Long Island school district says a bus driver who allegedly bullied and assaulted children in his care has been fired.
The Smithtown school district said students from Mills Pond Elementary School in St. James told authorities on Tuesday their driver pushed and shoved them. One boy told NBC 4 New York the driver picked them up by their backpacks and dropped them.
The student added that the said the driver would go up and down the aisle and at times hit them with brooms and sit on them.
The school district told NBC 4 New York the driver was employed by a private bus company contracted by the district. The district contacted the company, which in turn investigated the allegations and fired the driver.
The company, Towne Bus Company, said the driver had been properly screened and trained and that he had "no prior incidents."
--Brynn Gingras and Lori Bordonaro contributed to this report.